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Promotion Bypass


Published 1958


An older employee responds appropriately when he is told that the big promotion is going to a younger, more educated employee. Heres another film in the Calvin management series that provides no answers, but lets you decide which is the best way not to promote the old guy.


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Production Company Calvin Company
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: Film Fan - - July 29, 2011
Subject: Film Description Completely Misses the Point
The issue isn't "Who's younger and more educated?" The issue is one of managerial talent and mindset.

The choices are the guy who dresses professionally and works well with others versus the man who is a good worker, but doesn't care about the tone he sets for those around him. The boss who is making the choice even has to step in from time to time and smoothe things over for the guy! He can't prepare the way for him at the new place.

In my opinion, the manager chose the right person to recommend. But, he didn't do the other guy any favors, either. Can you imagine being passed over and having to listen to why the other guy was better for the job? The Passed-Over Guy's response at the end was completely understandable.

Another fine Calvin film that ends by provoking discussion. The opening theme music is great!
Reviewer: Mr. - - June 30, 2007
Subject: Promotion Bypass
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Reviewer: GE_Pretzel - - May 13, 2006
Subject: Kids these days!
Frank, an office manager at Amalgamated Products, is ordered by one of his superiors to select the best man in his department and have him sent over to another operation within the company in order to assume an exciting and challenging position. He considers two candidates; Bob, a young, exuberant chap who has excellent interpersonal skills and a university education, and Harry, a seasoned, respected fixture in the organization who unfortunately isn't an effective communicator. Fearing that Harry's tenacious demeanour may cause problems for the workers at the other operation, Frank sends Bob as he feels that he would have a much easier time acclimatizing to the new job. Frank has a meeting with Harry and courteously tries to explain why he handed the new position to a younger, less experienced individual, but the irritable old warhorse isn't persuaded and decides to leave in protest. Viewers will be entertained by the profoundly dumbfounded expression on Frank's face as he comes to the realization that he has just lost his best employee.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 7, 2006
Subject: You just got screwed!
Interesting story about how one person gets screwed out of that fabulous promotion at work. WhatÃÂs so funny is that IÃÂm sure this type of situation has happened to everyone, so IÃÂm sure everyone will shriek with glee at RobbinsÃÂ final come-uppance.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - September 29, 2004
Subject: It's Not That You're Too Old, It's Just That, Well, We Want Someone Less Chronologically Challenged
This is another ÃÂÃÂWhat would you do?" film for supervisors. Robbins, an office manager, gets a call from another office to "send over his best man" to take over management of that office. Robbins has two men to choose from: Bob, a nice younger fellow who's a real "people person," and Harry, an older guy who's a company veteran with an excellent work record, but whose people skills frankly suck. One guess who gets the promotion before you can say "age discrimination." Robbins tries to soften the blow to ol' Harry by giving him a long explanation justifying his decision, full of compliments and "you're our best man, but..." excuses. Harry seems to take it well at first, but when asked for his honest comments, gives Robbins two words: "I quit." Robbins doesn't know what he did wrong and the question is posed to the viewer. This film is more fun than the other films in this series. Robbins' twangy accent and exaggerated speech patterns give the film a positively Centronesque feel. And the character of Harry is well-drawnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂyou understand why he got passed over for the promotion, but you feel for the guy just the same. But this is the 50s, so you know the deck is stacked from the beginning for boring Bob in the grey-flannel suit.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
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